What is the meaning of love?

 

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Love. The simple utterance of the word sends fireworks into the atmosphere. It evokes images of laughter, smiling faces and holding hands. Probably one of the most captivating words in the English language, it conjures up feelings of passion, yearning and undeniable emotion. At mere mention, women get giddy while men become afraid. It is a word that has the ability to rock a solid foundation or construct a weak one. Like lightning, love will jolt the body and electrify the soul. Each letter taken seriously, love, in all of its glory, is the air by which many of us breathe.

The world has deemed February as the month of love. What is True love?

Defined by Webster’s as a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection toward; love is penetrating. It is thought provoking. It is heart wrenching.

Defined by the Bible (I Corinthians 13); love is patient, love is kind, love is not envious, is not puffed up, is not selfish or easily provoked, does not think evil, rejoices in truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

True love is the essence of Webster’s worldview definition and the biblical definition combined. It is the ability to respond unconditionally. With no strings, attachments or judgment, love pays no regard to circumstance. Love is both shared and given “in spite” of condition. Love is faithful and shows affection or concern no matter the circumstance. It keeps no record of wrong. Love, in its purest form, acts as a catalyst drawing others close.

Love is so amazing it searches for the best, hunting deeply its prey, vowing never to give up.

Love is not “me first.” It places others in the space that “self” yearns to occupy, always considering the will and desires of others.

Love takes its time and considers things that are good. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. It does not take from others to satisfy self. It is not haughty or puffed up. On the contrary, love is mild and meek but not weak by any means; always focusing on the greater good.

Love is honest and true. It means what is says and expresses itself genuinely.

Don’t misunderstand these characteristics of love, they are filled with passion but are careful, considerate, intentional.

If you’ve determined by now that true love is inconceivable, you’re right. True love is rare; a sparse commodity. When discovered, it should be cherished, adorned, preserved. For the Bible reminds us that the grass will wither, the flowers will fade (Isaiah 40:8), even the gifts will cease, but love never dies.

As we prepare for Valentine’s Day, I implore you to search your hearts and minds. Determine if what you truly feel for the object of your affection meets the scope of the true definition of love.  If not, you might have some work to do.  Check your love meter.  In order to find and have true love, you must first open your hearts to it. I challenge each of you to try to truly love someone other than yourself.

Please share your comments and experiences of true love with us! We would love to hear your stories.

What Color Are You Wearing?

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June sparks National Cancer Survivor’s Day. For the past 27 years the United States has celebrated survivors of cancer. Today we celebrate 14 million cancer survivors in our country and to show our support The National Cancer Organization has designated special colors to wear showing support for a particular type of cancer.

Cancer, which affects all colors and nationalities, affects millions annually. If we have not personally been affected by cancer, we know someone who has. It could be our mothers, sisters, brothers, family, or friends. Some survived, but some did not. In an effort to show our love and support for those who made it and those who did not, let us all wear the colors that represent the cancers that have affected our lives.

Awareness Color—-Meaning

Lavender————All Cancers

Grey—————–Brain Cancer

Gold—————–Childhood Cancer

Dark Blue————Colon Cancer

Periwinkle————-Stomach Cancer

Burgundy————–Multiple Myeloma

Orange—————–Leukemia

Purple——————Pancreatic Cancer

Green——————-Gallbladder or Liver

White——————–Lung Cancer

Lime———————Lymphoma

Black———————Melanoma

Plum———————-Honors Caregivers

Light Blue—————-Prostate Cancer

Teal———————–Ovarian Cancer

Yellow——————–Sarcoma/Bone Cancer

Pink———————-Breast Cancer

Peach——————–Uterine Cancer

What do you do if you have several loved ones who have been affected by the different cancers? Wear more than one color on another day for the rest of this month. National Cancer Survivor’s Day lasts for the entire month of June. Therefore, you have all month to support the ones you love.

Now, go be supportive! I’m wearing Pink today. What are you wearing?

People I Cannot Wait to Meet

I have been told that I am one of the friendliest people you will ever meet.  I talk to strangers, trees, birds, and food sometimes.  Please don’t get in the elevator with me because I am going to introduce myself.  I just love to meet new people.  I love to engage people and I am curious about EVERYTHING!  I am an extreme extrovert and I make no apologies for it.  

You see, I have a belief that everyone has an interesting story and I want to know all about it.  Even if you are not a talkative person like me, you just never know who you can inspire with your story.  I don’t mind sharing those pieces of me because I consider it liberating.  Likewise, I believe that all people are important.  The life that we live is our legacy.  Therefore, the stories that we share and create about ourselves are our gift to the world.  

I realize that there are stories that are so painful that are not easily shared, but there are blessings in those experiences, as well.  However, I am talking about the simple pleasantries of life that make us unique like where we came from, who we came from, and what they taught us along the way.  

When I travel, I make it a point to learn something new and different about the people around me.  It never ceases to amaze me how we are all so intricately connected to one another by our stories.  I don’t ask questions because I am nosey.  Indeed, I am inquisitive.  Instead, I ask questions to learn and to grow individually.  Learning and understanding someone else’s story can offer each of us a totally and completely different perspective on life.  I truly believe that we are often misunderstood.  

As we walk along in our daily lives, I challenge each of you to stop and think about your story.  Think about how interesting you are.  You should think about how your story makes you unique and different from everyone else.  Your story is another fascinating story that we need to hear.  Who are you? From where did you come?  What do you offer the universe?  These aren’t just questions that I ask my friends.  These are questions that I am going to ask the people I cannot wait to meet.  I cannot wait to meet you and i cannot wait to hear your story! 

 

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